An invaluable book to aspiring pianists and fans of classical music, Great Pianists on Piano Playing is a collection of tidbits on piano playing and composition from the instrument’s greatest performers. Including advice from Hofmann, Rubinstein, Paderewski, Sauer, Busoni, Bauer, Godowsky, and other virtuosos, this collection will serve as an inspiration to musicians hoping to learn the essentials of piano playing from the uncontested authorities on the subject.
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James Francis Cooke (November 14, 1875,Bay City, Michigan – March 3, 1960, Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania) spent his life involved with music. He was a pianist, composer, playwright, journalist, author (including novels and of books on musical history and theory), a president of Theodore Presser music publishers from 1925 to 1936, and editor of The Etude music magazine from 1907 to 1950,or 1913 to 1956. He taught piano for more than twenty years in New York, led choral clubs and taught voice. His books included Standard History of Music: A First History for Students of All Ages, 1910, Great Pianists upon Piano-Playing, 1913, Mastering the Scales and Arpeggios, 1913, Musical Playlets, 1917, Music-Masters Old and New, Great Singers on the Art of Singing, Young Folks' Picture History of Music, 1925, Master Study in Music, A Fight in Defense of Music, Musical travelogues; little visits to European musical shrines for the casual traveler, the music lover, the student and the teacher, 1934, Musical plays for young folks: Scenes from the lives of the great composers, 1934, and How to Memorize Music 1948. (Wikipedia)
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